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Today's Features

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New census figures show that New Mexico has the fifth-highest proportion of same-sex couples in the nation.

    The recently released analysis of 2010 Census figures shows that nearly 10 out of every 1,000 New Mexico households are headed by same-sex couples. That's a 73 percent jump from 2010.

    The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law, based at the University of California, Los Angeles, released the report..

    Gary Gates, one of the study's authors, said the jump is likely a result of increased migration to the state and because more couples are identifying as same-sex households.

  • Middle and high school students participated in Youth Programs this summer at Michigan Technological University.
    Amanda Aikin of White Rock participated in the Mobile Robotics program and in the Aviation and Aerospace program. In the Youth Programs, middle school and high school students from across the nation and around the globe choose from more than 70 explorations in business, computing, engineering, humanities and social sciences, outdoor and environmental studies and science and technology. The students also got to experience a mini-version of college life, living in a full-service residence hall, eating in the dining hall, and enjoying the college town atmosphere.

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  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Pardon our construction. We are installing solar hot water, so the shelter has been closed to prevent accidents. If you need some help, call a volunteers at 412-3451.
    It’s summer, remember that pets also suffer when the temperature rises. Cooling animals (dogs, rabbits, cats) by giving them a “cool” bath or shower to help keep their body temperature down.
    A cool towel on a tile floor to lay on, a cool towel or washcloth laying over the skin, next to a fan will also help cool the animal.
    Make sure they have plenty of cool water to drink as well.

  • Aug. 29-Sept. 3, 2011
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY    
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    9 a.m.    Toenail clipping
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Lemon baked chicken
    1:30 p.m.    Pilates canceled
    7 p.m.    Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group

  • Champion golfer Phil Mickelson, his wife Amy and ExxonMobil are sponsoring a free math and science camp for teachers called, “Send My Teacher.”
    The program is a week long professional development program focused on math and science education. Since 2005, more than 3,200 teachers have attended the all-expenses paid workshop. Teachers from all 50 states have attended.
     The deadline for teachers to be nominated to go to the 2012 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy next summer is Oct. 31.
    Students or parents can nominate a teacher, and the teacher just has to fill out the application. If selected, they will be a part of the 2011 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.

  • Young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies Sept. 5 as the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 691 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Los Alamos County Airport.
    The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation.  Since the program was launched in 1992, volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.4 million young people in more than 90 countries.
    Young people are given the opportunity to discover how airplanes work and observe how pilots inspect their planes to help ensure that safety is the primary concern before every flight. Following the 15-20 minute flight, each person will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Museum announces a new cooperative Exhibition Opening initiative with the Fuller Lodge Art Center and a kickoff collaborative evening celebration.
    The public is invited to visit the Historical Museum from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 2, for “Pre-Statehood Maps of New Mexico,” an exhibit featuring artistic and historically curious maps from the 1600s to 1909, with New Mexico seen in a variety of uncommon configurations.
    From 5-7 p.m. the Fuller Lodge Art Center will present the opening of “Umi Raby,” a one-person show of contemporary art.

  • The Los Alamos American Association of University Women will start its program year with a fall brunch from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.
    The AAUW is an organization of college-educated women. The programs of the organization include gender equity, help for women in the workplace and  legislative initiatives concerning women’s issues. \Members attending will bring a dish to share.
    The featured speaker will be Helena Whyte, who will talk about her experiences at the AAUW National Convention in Washington D.C. this summer.

    From a press release

  • The League of Women Voter’s Lunch with a Leader will be at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 8 at Central Avenue Grill. The guest speaker will be Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki.
    Nagawiecki coordinates public education and outreach for Environmental Services’ comprehensive waste and recycling programs that are provided to residents and the business community.
    His other duties include leading the county’s sustainability initiative, which is focused on reducing the environmental impact of  county operations in addition to educating the community about their role in the effort.

  • Combine six cups of clay, six cups of compost and a cup of wild land seeds and the result is the community at its finest.
    It is nice when a plan comes together, and last weekend a lot of planning paid off for the community and one youth in particular.
    Los Alamos High School senior Jin Park rallied the community, along with funds and supplies to pull off a day of playing in the mud that will rival any other, for what the community hopes is a once-in-a-lifetime event.
    On Aug. 20, almost 600 citizens came together to assist Park and Los Alamos County employee Craig Martin, in a seed ball project that will aid re-forestation efforts for the surrounding community affected by the Las Conchas Fire.